AS A FAMILY physician, I often find myself wondering “What if?” What if we had made a diagnosis sooner? What if insurance had covered that medication? What if the patient had been seen for regular wellness visits instead of only when feeling sick? Comprehensive health insurance coverage is one of the most important ways to avoid these haunting questions, but right now the access of thousands of Granite Staters to Medicaid coverage is at risk.

When I first met “Mary,” she was more than 10 years overdue for breast cancer screening. She hadn’t gone to see a doctor in many years because she didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford to pay the bill. When she was finally able to enroll in an insurance plan and complete recommended screening tests, her mammogram showed a mass. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and was scheduled for surgery, with radiation and chemotherapy to follow.

Meredith Milligan M.D. is a practicing family physician, preventive medicine resident, and Master of Public Health candidate who resides in Concord. The views expressed above are her own and do not represent those of her employer or any academic affiliates.

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